The Hunchback of Notre Dame Recording Available for Pre-Order Today

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The studio album for the Alan Menken-Stephen Schwartz Disney stage musical The Hunchback of Notre Dame featuring many members of the original production that played in California and New Jersey, is available for pre-orders on the Ghostlight Records label, starting Dec. 4.

Composer Menken shared the following photo on Instagram of the recording session.

 

HUNCHBACK ensemble and music team at cast album recording. What a joy!

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Billed as the American Premiere Studio Recording, the album was originally slated for a Nov. 20 release. Ghostlight is now planning the release on a date to be announced in January 2016. While not a cast album per se, this CD features the principal and ensemble talent who performed the show’s U.S. premiere productions at La Jolla Playhouse and Paper Mill Playhouse during their 2014-15 seasons.

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The album features Michael Arden (Big River) as Quasimodo, Patrick Page (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark) as Dom Claude Frollo, Ciara Renée (Pippin) as Esmeralda, Andrew Samonsky (The Mystery of Edwin Drood) as Captain Phoebus de Martin and Erik Liberman (Lovemusik) as Clopin Trouillefou.

Featured in the ensemble are: Julian Decker, Mary Joe Duggan, Ian Patrick Gibb, Beth Kirkpatrick, Samantha Massell, Neal Mayer, Nora Menken, William Michals, Anise Ritchie, Vincent Rodriguez III, Richard Ruiz, Joseph J. Simeone, Jeremy Stolle and Dashaun Young. Inspired by Victor Hugo's novel, The Hunchback of Notre Dame features a book by Peter Parnell, music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. The musical was billed as a "dramatic retelling of the famous love story on a grand scale, with a lush, emotionally rich score."

Menken, Schwartz and Parnell discuss the stage adaptation, which features a new ending and new songs, in the Playbill.com feature: Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz Turn Hunchback Into a Stage Beauty.

The rights to The Hunchback of Notre Dame are now available for professional theatre productions, licensed exclusively through Music Theatre International (212-541-4684, MTIShows.com).

Stephen Schwartz shares the other Disney films he would like to adapt for the stage here.

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